February 12, 2008
For immediate release
Dr. Jane Close Conoley, Dean of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School, will take part in the League of Women Voters’ February Community Forum “Closing the Achievement Gap” on Wednesday, February 20 from 12 noon to 2 pm in the Louise Lowry Community Center at De La Vina and Victoria Streets. This event is co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara School Districts and the Board of Education.
Discussion at the forum will include: research on how to bring up achievement levels; recruiting, educating and retaining teachers; the role of the principal in successful schools; and the development of in depth English language skills. Other participants include Sally Kingston, Principal of Harding School and Gevirtz school alumna, and Abby Vasquez or Jennifer Gibson, Teachers on Special Assignment, English Language Development.
“We know a lot about what it takes to offer an excellent and equitable education to every child, but there is still more to learn,” Dean Conoley says. “There is also the need to develop the political and moral will to make the American Dream available to every person who seeks it through educational attainment.”
Dr. Conoley served as dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University for ten years. Prior to that appointment, she was the Edith Greer professor of educational psychology, department chair, and associate dean for research and curriculum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Conoley is well known for the depth and impact of her research on school psychology. She is the author or co-author of 20 books, 33 book chapters, and 30 articles on education issues, and has been the principal or co-principal investigator of grants with awards totaling over $18 million.
[Jane Conoley is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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